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100,000 People Killed by COVID-19 in the US

Don't Mourn, Organize! by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. The command to devote ourselves to getting organized in the face of death and repression rather than spending time in lamentation,  was attributed to Joe Hill in a farewell letter while facing execution, Mother Jones, discussing others rather than herself, said "Mourn the dead, fight like hell for the living." Either way, it has never been more pertinent than today, in the face of the mass murder at the hands of the settler colonial-capitalist system in the US [...]

The Futility of Capitalist Planning for a Global Coronavirus Pandemic

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-L.A. The videos linked to here are from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Bloomberg School of Public Health "table-top" exercise planning for a novel corona-virus global pandemic (Center for Health Security planning exercise that took place in October 2019), urging governments and private businesses to work together to allocate and distribute medical supplies and treatments and deal with other aspects of such a pandemic. https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/videos.html These videos illustrate the impossibility of real planning under capitalism. They talked endlessly about how only private global [...]

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Donald Trump Minimizing and Sugarcoating Coronavirus Perils! By Ralph Nader Donald Trump can’t fake his way through the coronavirus. It’s spreading and doesn’t respond to his delusions. Donald is flailing, failing, fibbing, stumbling, and scapegoating. With the stock market collapsing and the economy shaking, Donald fears defeat in November. Trump is a daily clear and present danger and he is the worst person to handle the COVID-19 crisis. Last weekend, Trump and Mike Pence met with Brazilian officials at Mar-a-Lago, after which Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s press secretary [...]

Solidarity Forever: Social Cohesion as the Antidote to Social Distancing

Social Cohesion and Social Solidarity as the Antidote to Social Distancing by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles I think we should try to rename "Social Distancing." People in the U.S. are already far too socially distanced from each other, driving in our steel cocoons, riding the buses and trains in unreceptive, unresponsive isolation, each glued to our own screen, ears filled with our own soundtrack. Let's call it socially responsible distancing, adopting it as a sacrifice, and thereby acknowledging our social connection to, interaction with, and responsibility [...]

Sanctions Kill at All Times – End the Sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

Why Sanctions During a Pandemic are Cruel by Vijay Prashad – Paolo Estrada - March 18, 2020 Swiftly moves the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), dashing across continents, skipping over oceans, terrifying populations in every country. The numbers of those infected rises, as do the numbers of those who have died. Hands are being washed, tests are being done, and social distance has become a new phrase. It is unclear how devastating this pandemic will be. In the midst of a pandemic, one would expect that all countries would collaborate [...]

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops

Letter to the Editor: Don't Ostracize and Stigmatize All Cops As "Bastards" 02-23-2020 I am writing in response to Imani Beckett’s article, “Why all Cops Are In Fact Bastards,” in the February, 2020 edition of Change Links. Throughout human history virtually all major systems of power inherently draw to them those who seek to impose their strength over others.  The fact that these systems often oppress others is particularly disdainful, because it is an abuse of that power against those less powerful who are in turn exploited. [...]

Op Ed: Yes on R-Reform LA Jails, No on D.A. Jackie Lacey

Measure R: Reform LA Jails on March 3 Ballot Op Ed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA UPDATE:  D.A. Jackie Lacey was forced into a run-off in November, and Measure R passed by a 70+% majority in LA County. There are several races beyond the presidential primary on the ballot in L.A. County and in the city of L.A., that merit people's engagement. First and foremost is Measure R, the Reform LA Jails initiative placed on the ballot through a major volunteer signature gathering effort initiated by the [...]

No War on Iran! US Out of the Middle East!

From popularresistance.org:   The reckless and dangerous act of war committed by Donald Trump and the Pentagon in killing Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran and the Iraqi leader of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, has brought the conflict in the Middle East (aka West Asia) to a new level. The conflagration of war is growing with the United States making this direct attack on a top Iranian official in violation of Iraqi sovereignty.   As expected, the corporate media and many politicians are [...]

Vote “NO!” on Pacifica’s Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision

Vote "NO!" on Pacifica's Anti-Democratic Bylaws Revision by Grassroots Community Radio Coalition www.gcrc-socal.org A court in Berkeley has ordered the Pacifica Foundation to conduct a vote on a total Bylaws revision, masquerading as an amendment, and because of financial and other issues, Pacifica is unable to contest the order, brought by the same hijackers who recently took WBAI in NY off the air, replacing local programmers with piped in content from KPFK and KPFA, and seriously damaging the NY station and its fundraising until the national Board [...]

Cuba: Itinerary of an Obsession

Cuba: Itinerary of an Obsession By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on December 12, 2019 You could fit Cuba’s archipelago 90 times into the United States. There is no lithium, nor large mineral resources, and so far, not a single field has been found—as in Mexico—to awaken the unquenchable thirst of the oil industry. "Cuba is a palm grove in the middle of the ocean," said Jose Fornaris, a romantic poet of the 19th century. "An island trapped in the infernal cycle of sugar cane," as Jean Paul Sartre [...]

Lebanon and Syria: The Manufacture of Dissent

Lebanon and Syria: The Manufacture of Dissent By Rania Khalek httpss://thegrayzone.com/2019/12/11/us-parties-lebanon-protests-pushing-country-war-roadblocks/#more-17767 The US is desperate to ride the revolutionary wave in Lebanon, hoping it can fracture a governing coalition that includes Hezbollah, a top target of the Trump administration and its friends from Tel Aviv to Riyadh. To this end, political figures Washington has cultivated and parties the US backs have penetrated the protest movement that has swept the country and are now on the frontlines of blockades obstructing roads around the country. In the first part [...]

Bolivia: Defending Against a Racist, Fascist Coup

Defending our Dignity Amidst a Racist and Fascist Coup d’etat Interview with Adriana Guzman by Hector Bernardo httpss://www.resumen-english.org/2019/11/defending-our-dignity-amidst-a-racist-and-fascist-coup-detat/ In the face of the terrible situation underway in Bolivia since the coup d’etat against President Evo Morales, Contexto interviewed Adriana Guzman, member of Bolivia’s Feminist Anti-patriarchal Movement. Guzman analyzed the characteristics of the coup, explained which groups are really behind the self-proclaimed “president” Jeanine Añez, and she ensured us that the native people resistance “is not over with Evo, this struggle aims at defending our dignity amidst a [...]